Posts from 2015

August 10, 2015 Distractions

Distraction is not a new method that the enemy employs to keep us from being who we were created to be.  This tactic was used in the garden with Eve.  The enemy twisted truth just enough to draw Adam and Eve from the absolute truth of what God had commanded.   He took Cain’s hurt feelings and turned it into murder.  I could go on and on.  The enemy has been at this for a very long time and is…

August 4, 2015 Trust the Heart of God

Do we really understand the heart of God as it pertains to His love for us?  Sure, most of us can recite John 3:16 and as we get old enough to be in a meaningful relationship and have children we begin to grasp a little better the love that God has for us.  We understand why He gave His Son and we understand Jesus laying down His life for us. But do we really understand on a daily basis that…

June 30, 2015 Introduction to Discipleship

It has been very challenging for me preparing the messages that God has been showing me. It is challenging in that it is bringing about changes in me that have been long past due. I have been challenged in the same way hearing these messages from other pastors and it has stirred me but when it came down to it, fully surrendering to the challenge was too hard so I was like most people. I prayed real hard for those…

June 23, 2015 House Building

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to those he loves. Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of…

June 17, 2015 Witness

What is it about witnessing that makes it so hard for most to do?  If you stop and think about what witnessing is in the general sense of the word it really doesn’t seem that difficult to do. Dictionary.com defines witness as “to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception: to witness an accident.”  So if you look at it like witnessing an accident means you were there and you have knowledge of what occurred in the accident. …

June 8, 2015 Seeking the Lost

Messages like the one God gave me to preach this past Sunday are very hard for me. Sometimes we have to ask ourselves hard questions that deal with our daily lives and it is hard to be honest especially if the truth hurts us or someone else. I just attended the Krum High School graduation and I sat and remembered that time in my life and thought about all the decisions these young people have to make. Should I go…

June 2, 2015 Connect

We live in a time in history when we are busier than any other time than I can think.  Technology has allowed us to be able to stay on the go and never have to miss a call, an email, a text, or video call.  We can actually have a face to face conversation with  someone on the other side of the world on our smart phone.  We don’t have to disconnect from our technology for anything except sleep.  You…

May 25, 2015 Harvest

          Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.  John 4:35   A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that the percentage of Americans who identify their religion as “Christianity” dropped by eight percent from 2007 to 2014. This finding comes as no surprise to anyone living in the United States. Among Christian groups, the number of mainline Protestants and…

May 18, 2015 Commissioning

          I have been reflecting back on yesterday’s worship service ever since it ended.  I am so encouraged by the response to my commissioning as the pastor of such a great church.  I am so humbled as I think of the great responsibility of leading this body of believers to where God is taking us.  The message preached by Richmond Goolsby was a great challenge to me and to our church.  It has been heavy on my heart so I…